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Death Factory - Maschinen Unter Kontrolle Album

Death Factory - Maschinen Unter Kontrolle Album

Performer: Death Factory
Title: Maschinen Unter Kontrolle
Country: US
Catalog Number: Scar 024
Label: No Visible Scars
Released: 11 Jun 2012
Style: Dark Ambient, Power Electronics, Noise, Industrial
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 089


1Machinen Untter Kontrolle12:49
2Empire Of Sickness13:52
3Demitri's Dilemma7:55
4Bulldozer(Live Trio 2007)
Featuring – Arvo Zylo, Billy Sides
5Devolve-Shatter The Glass Tower(Part 2 Powermix)13:38
6Manifestation Of Fear(Version 3)14:51
7Shatter The Glass Tower3:49


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
Scar 024Death Factory Maschinen Unter Kontrolle ‎(7xFile, MP3, 320)No Visible ScarsScar 024US2012


  • All SoundsMichael Krause


Pro shrink wrapped CDr. All new material + one live track from 2007 recorded in Chicago. 75min. +. Full color artwork.

Track 2 “Manifestation of Fear” (3rd version) is a tribute to 1979 film Phantasm directed by Don Coscarelli. The 4th version is on the Chilling Impressions cassette that NVS put out last year.

Track 7 "Demitri's Delemma" is a tribute to the 1974 horror Beyond the Door directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis

Reviews (3)
Remember that last bastion of modern human permanence in George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead? Sure you do; that seemingly impenetrable fortress that protected Capitalism’s last stand against a world that had been obliterated by the zombie apocalypse. That small corner of existence that allowed the old world’s rich to stick their head in the sand and ignore the crumbling ruin of a civilization that waited and threatened their mortality only minutes away. That small area was dominated by a glass tower known as “Fiddler’s Green” — a tower that, outside of the film’s own philosophical implications, has come to be synonymous with the music of Death Factory for me. Not only is the man behind the music, Michael Krause, highly influenced by the grinding lo-fi gorefests of the late 70′s / early 80′s, but he has a particular Pink Floyd-ish disdain for the system in which we’re forced to live in the contemporary era of existence — an attitude that is summed up perfectly with the track that mirrors my thoughts, “Shatter the Glass Tower”.

Obviously this aesthetic approach fits right in with No Visible Scars, a label which has long been known to cater to these exact influences, and this retro appeal shows up everywhere on this release, from the artwork to the construction of the tracks itself. Death Factory’s sound is exactly what the name of the project implies; vast areas of violent industrial noise that are textured by trademark rhythmic pulsing and against-the-grain background fuzz that slowly evolves over time into different manifestations in the same style as Merzbow (minus the spastic noise fluctuations) and with the same uncomfortable, foreboding spirit of Controlled Bleeding. Sporadic moments in the music develop as distorted sharp frequencies that signal change within the music and often dissipate the background textures. The most interesting elements that make up the tenebrous patchwork of Death Factory’s music are both the complex rhythms that can appear with sudden vigor as well as the vintage synth of tracks like “Manifestation of Fear” that take on multiple moods within seconds; a strange approach used at the climactic end of the track perhaps to match the surreal nature of the film that it was made in tribute for, Phantasm (1979).

Is it original? Not really. Does it have anything to say? Again, not really, though as mentioned before, the artist’s distaste for the world surrounding him mirrors much of the same endless, cyclical struggle that the common man is pressured by every day in this country, and that distaste shows its face through Krause’s fascinations and his violent aural constructions. Primarily though, this is a man who is paying homage to and exploring his roots through experimental music, and that makes this a niche album in an already niche genre. Whatever that spells out for you is up to your perspective, but I can’t help but feel that the artist missed out on adding another layer of personal depth to the release by exploring the space between those influences and his perspective of the real world. The potential for something very unique is there, however.

Track List:

01) Machinen Untter Kontrolle
02) Manifestations of Fear (Version 3)
03) Empire of Sickness
04) Shatter the Glass Tower
05) Devolve-Shatter the Glass tower (Part 2 Powermix)
06) Bulldozer (Live Trio 2007)
07) Demitri’s Dilemma

Rating: 3.5/5
Written by: Sage
Label: No Visible Scars (US) / SCAR024 / Pro CD-R
Industrial Noise
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Death Factory is a death industrial project from Michael Krause, and Maschinen Unter Kontrolle is a 75-minute album jam-packed with noise ranging from industrial to harsh noise to power electronics. There’s even a live jam on here to change things up a little bit. Death Factory hits a lot of familiar territory, but there’s a variety of stuff to go around on here for many noise listeners to enjoy.

The first tracks clock in over the ten minute mark, and Death Factory divides the territory well with the shorter piece “Shatter the Glass Tower” right in the middle of it all. Opener “Machinen Untter Kontrolle” hits with crackling static and a rolling beat, only to end with whirrs and laser blasts of sound backed by some melodic synth work. It rolls right into “Manifestation of Fear (Version 3)”, a rhythmic pulsing industrial tune that sets up the rest of the death industrial vibe of the album.

This track and “Devolve/Shatter the Glass Tower (Part 2 Powermix)” are the best tracks on here. The latter touches on power electronics with sharp vocals and a heavy rhythm that takes the first version of the track into a slower, droning area. The live track, “Bulldozer (Live Trio 2007)”, adds some drums that aren’t prevalent on this disc – it’s a bit different from the other Death Factory repertoire, but it works regardless.

The final experiment, “Demitri’s’ Dilemma”, is a noise homage to the horror film Beyond the Door, and it features samples from that film. It’s a quiet closer, and it’s not as good as the other material on here, but horror fans will enjoy the creepy sample.

The CD-R is lengthy, but it gives Death Factory time to explore the different avenues of sound in his portfolio. Maschinen Unter Kontrolle is worth a listen just for the two highlights mentioned above; the rest of the tracks are just a pleasant addition to the album.

From MemoryWaveTransmission.wordpress.com

Death Factory – Machinen Unter Kontrolle (No Visible Scars)

Bass/feedback rumble sounding like a building collapsing beneath the screeching metallic whirring and analog loop effects which suddenly stop for a creepy almost sci-fi ambient break as the dust settles from the explosive power electronic fury as strange robotic and alien electronic frequencies emerge post apocalypse. This is the beginning of a power electronic/sci-fi/conspiracy theory title track mind fuck, “Machinene Unter Kontorlle”. The essence of this track is that of a mechanical/cyber intelligence takeover spiraling inward as the sharp screeching grinding metal tones pay homage to 70’s-80’s industrial.

“Manifestation of Fear (3rd Version)”, my standout track, begins with phaser fire zaps and dingy motorized humming approaching from a distance as the invasive forces move through the post apocalyptic rubble. As the oncoming barrage of droids come even closer into the vicinity the volume of their totalitarian march gradually increases as do the amount of sounds incorporated, including: crashing, clanking, stomping rhythmic booms, and even some analog synth. Some of the sounds generated here go beyond technical jargon as Death Factory, a.k.a Micheal Krause, is a master manipulator and power electronics whiz who never fails to actually compose random, sometimes harsh, and familiar electronic sounds and effects into something that serves as some 70’s-80’s horror meets PURE industrial narrative versus challenging ones tolerance to various eardrum bursting frequencies, not to mention that he’s been doing this since the 80’s.

There’s a sort of Nurse with Wound tape loop, shuffle pattern that is omnipresent on M.U.K. as are Einsturzende Neubauten’s purely industrial sound sources drenched in electronic distortion, feedback, reverb, delay…and everything else. Every track has a distinct rhythm, one that tends be percussive even though there’re no drums present or in use, and even though the sounds are not exactly melodic or musical in the traditional sense DF always crafts them into being so, not to forget how smooth the songs flow. If you’re at all familiar with clanking and shrill tones of Dissecting Table, the sonic continual pulses of Brighter Death Now, and the brilliantly “industrial” atmospherics of Kristoffer Nystroms Orkester and Sektor 304 then Death Factory will bring to you a hodgepodge of those familiar sounds, but in a form unlike ever heard before.

Brace yourself, this one is a doozy. REAL Industrial, REAL Power Electronics!!!!


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